Ceramic Inlays and Onlays
Restoring teeth attractively is as much an art as it is a science. In the past, amalgam fillings were generally used to fill teeth that were decayed, broken or otherwise damaged. Amalgam fillings were effective, but they had their limitations, including their appearance. Today, our Hawthorne ceramic inlays expert offers an alternative: ceramic inlays and onlays.
Ceramic Inlays Hawthorne
A ceramic inlay is a conservative alternative to a dental crown and can be used to restore larger areas of damage than can be restored with a tooth-colored filling. Inlays are made of ceramic, which has a sheen and luster similar to dental enamel, and they can be made in numerous tooth-matching shades for the most attractive restoration possible. An inlay is used when the damage is located inside the cusps of the tooth.
Ceramic Onlays Hawthorne
Onlays are similar to ceramic inlays, but they can be made to cover a larger portion of the damaged tooth. If your tooth has had one or more cusps damaged or decayed, our Hawthorne ceramic onlays expert may recommend a ceramic onlay. They are an excellent alternative to metal fillings, and unlike composite resin restorations, ceramic does not become stained or discolored over time. The restoration will stay attractive and strong for many years.
If you are a candidate for a ceramic inlay or onlay, you will need two visits with our expert in ceramic inlays in Hawthorne. At the first visit, the tooth will be cleaned of any decayed tissues, an impression will be taken, and a temporary onlay will be placed to protect the tooth. The dental lab will create your new ceramic inlay, and when it is finished, our expert in ceramic onlays in Hawthorne will bond it into place.
Inlays and onlays can last well over a decade, and their design helps strengthen your tooth against further damage. Brush and floss carefully around the restoration to prevent plaque and tartar buildup, and visit us about every six months for routine checkups and cleanings. Give us a call today to learn more about available restoration options or to schedule your appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Hawthorne.